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IRS extends nonfilers deadline to Nov. 21 for 9 million to claim stimulus check. Here’s what to do

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The IRS this month is contacting 9 million Americans who may still be owed economic stimulus money.


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The IRS on Monday extended the deadline for up to 9 million Americans who didn’t receive a first stimulus check to claim a missing payment. The original Oct. 15 deadline for nonfilers — a group of people who typically don’t file their taxes, including older adults, retirees and SSDI recipients — has been pushed back to Nov. 21.

“We took this step to provide more time for those who have not yet received a payment to register to get their money, including those in low-income and underserved communities,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement.

For the most part, the first wave of stimulus checks went out automatically this spring and summer, without the intended recipients having to do anything but meet the qualifications. But a subset of people — including nonfilers — who are eligible for a payment need to take a further step.

The IRS is now in the process of sending letters to people who may be eligible. We’ll tell you all you need to know.

Meanwhile, talks continue to cement a second stimulus check that could be part of a new coronavirus relief package — here’s where it stands in Washington. We’ve also mapped out when a potential second stimulus check could arrive and how much money you might receive. (CNET’s stimulus calculator tool can estimate that.)

Who are the nonfilers eligible to receive a stimulus check?

Among the 9 million the IRS started contacting in September are nonfilers who weren’t required to file a federal tax return for 2018 and 2019 and didn’t know they needed to submit an additional form with the IRS to claim a relief payment. 

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IRS owes 9 million people stimulus checks, but they have to register by Oct. 15. What to know

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The IRS this month is contacting 9 million Americans who may still be owed economic stimulus money.


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After the IRS sent the bulk of the first stimulus check, the agency noticed something was wrong. One large group — an estimated 9 million people — didn’t receive their lawful payment. 

For the most part, the first wave of stimulus checks went out automatically this spring and summer, without the intended recipients having to do anything but meet the qualifications. But a subset of folks did have to take a further step, mainly people who typically don’t file their taxes, a group that can include older adults, retirees and SSDI recipients.

The IRS is now in the process of sending letters to people who may be eligible. But the window is closing for nonfilers to claim their $1,200 checks by the end of 2020. Oct. 15 is the cutoff date. We’ll tell you all you need to know.

Meanwhile, talks are still underway to cement a second stimulus check that could be part of a new coronavirus relief package — here’s where it stands in Washington. We’ve also mapped out when a potential second stimulus check could arrive and how much money you might receive. (CNET’s stimulus calculator tool can estimate that.)

Who are the nonfilers eligible to receive a stimulus check?

Among the 9 million the IRS started contacting last week are nonfilers who weren’t required to file a federal tax return for 2018 and 2019 and didn’t know they needed to submit an additional form with the IRS to claim a relief payment. 

How will the IRS contact me about my money?

The IRS will start sending the letters — which it calls IRS Notice 1444-A — around Sept. 24 to those